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Almeron Eager Funerary Monument and Plot (Tim Heggland photo, 2010)

Almeron Eager Funerary Monument and Plot (Tim Heggland photo, 2010)

Almeron Eager Funerary Monument and Plot (Tim Heggland photo, 2010)

Almeron Eager Funerary Monument and Plot (Tim Heggland photo, 2010)

Almeron Eager Funerary Monument and Plot
Maple Hill Cemetery, Evansville, Rock County
Date of construction: 1904

The Almeron Eager Funerary Monument and Plot is the largest and the most artistically ambitious funeral monument in Maple Hill Cemetery. The plot was intended to be the final resting place for Almeron Eager, his family, and its future generations. The original elements on the plot were erected in 1904, two years after Almeron Eagerís death. Almeron Eager (1838-1902) came to Evansville in 1868 and he became an important figure in the business life of nineteenth century Evansville. In the process, Eager amassed a considerable fortune and in his last years he developed a reputation as a generous philanthropist. Numerous charitable bequests were contained in his will, one of which was a bequest of $10,000 to the citizens of Evansville to pay for the erection of a public library building in that city, this being the National Register listed Prairie School style building located in Evansville at 39 W. Main St.

Among Eager's final bequests was a provision that a sum of "from $7,000 to $10,000" be spent on the construction of a funeral monument in the Evansville Cemetery. The 43-foot-square Eager family plot, with its twenty-foot-tall central granite monument and its surrounding granite plot fence is the result. The central monument is crowned by a life-size sculpture of a young woman whose right hand rests on an anchor; the woman and anchor together are a traditional symbol of hope. Other religious symbols and iconography relating to Eager's Masonic membership can be found elsewhere on the monument.

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